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Undergarments for the short term?

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by mullannix930, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

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    It's kinda difficult to inexpensively cobble together temporary undergarments for the temps you are asking about, especially for your lower half. You may get lucky if you have ski or snowmobile gear as some of that can work. Some poly sweat pants can work in a bind but they're not great. Fleece and wool are good options. I'd try to borrow something, even if it's for warmer waters. You can add to it to make it doable. That or look for used undergarments.
     
  2. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

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    I used a set of polypro pants and jacket that I got for like $50 total at REI for a while as my "light weight" DS undies (I got the heavy weight ones as part of the original suit package). If you can also scare up a wicking layer (I had some underarmour cold gear already) you'll be in decent shape. Get some smart-wool, or real wool hiking socks too...

    Whenever I forget and wear a cotton shirt, I regret it afterwards - it traps any moisture (sweat, condensation, or worst case a leak). I have a couple of cheap "performance" fabric shirts that come out nearly dry every time.
     
  3. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

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  4. OTF

    OTF Contributor

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    Thermal/wicking tight base layer like underarmor or similar + several stacked layers of fleece pants/shirts + two pairs of wool socks will be quite warm for cheap. No cotton! The thicker the fleece the better. Check out thrift stores etc. for fleece pajama type stuff used (maybe even a onesie!). Cabellas or Bass Pro will have warm fleece as the insulating layers hunters wear when they're sitting out in the cold for hours. You can cut the collars/hoods off fleece tops to fit under the neckseal better.

    A good hood and gloves go a long way.

    Wearing a wetsuit under a drysuit can work in a pinch.
     
  5. hroark2112

    hroark2112 Tech Instructor

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    I just did my CCR cave course. Did it in a combination of wetsuits, most dives were in my 3 mil, some in a 5 mil, and almost 4 hours at Peacock in a very used rental 3/2 mil. That was a cold day.

    I have a drysuit that I've never had in the water. For the most part I was good for several hours in a 3 mil, the 5 mil was obviously more comfortable. For cave diving, I think I should switch to a drysuit for the backup buoyancy. In a trilam suit, for 72 degree water, I'm thinking just fairly light base layer would be OK. I've found a few on Amazon that look pretty decent. I also have a Sharkskin Chillproof wetsuit that I think might be a decent option, unless I decide to go with the p-valve.

    I have a pretty high tolerance for cold water (to a point) but would like to warm up a bit for better deco on those longer dives.

    Thoughts?
     
  6. TuckerIdaho

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    So there seems to be some mythology that drysuit undergarments are super special and unique. Can someone point out the differences between the fleece they use and say a company thats been building wet weather gear since the start of time like Guy Cotten? Or how about outdoor companies like Patagonia? Or even North Face? Arc'teryx?
     
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  7. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Solo Diver

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    The drysuit fleece generally has a tighter fit. Not snug as in a size or two too small, but not as baggy as street fleece. A much more accurate fit to the body.

    The light drysuit fleece isn't that different then street fleece, but the heavy stuff is much thicker and more dense (not as fluffy). You can even find the front being a bit more loaded than the back (you get the air bubble at your back).

    The neck is generally cut different for drysuit use. A lot of the street fleece has hoods or big bulky collars. Drysuit use has a lot less collar to fit a neck seal.
     
  8. Dubious

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    Buy Used?

    I went down this path. I settled on buying used Military Gen III levels 1 and 2 bottom and tops from ebay which worked fine. Maybe a little on the cooler side in 50-degree water but I wasn't cold.

    I have since replaced that with used Arctic undergarments I bought on Subaboard.
     
  9. mullannix930

    mullannix930 Solo Diver

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    The suit I have on order is a Fusion Sport aircore. I have some under armor like base layer, some merino long underwear and a polyester pair of thermals that have a fleece like inner surface.

    I will buy some 4th element or similar (or get for Christmas) but I’m just trying to get 1-2 dives in the next month or so. The coldest temp will be on my aow deep dive where temps hold in the mid to upper 40’s year round.
     
  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Keep your eyes out for used Fourth Element here, as well as on the various scuba sale groups on FB.
     

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